Programmes for economic competitiveness

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PROGRAMMES FOR ECONOMIC competitiveness Investment and technology promotion The private sector is the primary driver of economic growth and job creation. UNIDO supports capacity-building initiatives and partnerships as well as the sharing of knowledge and best practices to promote private sector development in manufacturing industries. This is done through the formulation and implementation of technical cooperation and institutional capacity-building initiatives to improve the competitiveness of enterprises, mobilize investments, and facilitate access to suitable technologies for markets in developing countries. Worldwide network

Investment and Technology Promotion Offices (ITPOs) Technical cooperation between enterprises from developed countries and their partners in developing countries and economies in transition is of outmost importance; to foster mutually beneficial business opportunities and thereby bridge the investment gap and technology divide, UNIDO established its first Investment Promotion Services in 1980, which later became the UNIDO Network of Investment and Technology Promotion Offices. The ITPOs open up partnership opportunities for investors and technology suppliers while offering unique services to entrepreneurs and business organizations. ITPOs promote international industrial partnerships through foreign direct investment and institutional capacity-building: they guide potential investors from their host countries and from developing countries throughout the entire investment and technology promotion cycle – from project identification and appraisal to effective negotiations. In doing so, ITPOs offer a full package of up-to-date information on

screened investment opportunities, technology suppliers and how to do business in developing countries. While ITPO services cover the entire range of manufacturing activities, they tend to focus on green industry. In addition, ITPOs operate a Delegate Programme through which they host officials from developing countries, provide them with hands-on training in investment promotion techniques and the opportunity to promote a portfolio of investment and technology opportunities from their country of origin. Over the past 30 years, ITPOs have promoted strategic partnerships between potential business associations and organizations, contributing to bridging the investment and technology gap. ITPOs continuously adapt to changing circumstances in order to provide first class services to their clients and partners along the entire investment and technology promotion cycle. For more information, contact:

> 7 ITPOs worldwide


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Competitiveness, upgrading and modernization UNIDO supports the development of local productive capacities and responsible investments in a private sector-led process, and promotes the upgrading of industrial enterprises and technical support institutions that drive the economic growth process. These support services are aimed at stimulating technological dynamism for the creation of skilled jobs, enhancing the developmental impact of private sector activities, and supporting the integration of SMEs into national and global value chains through the establishment of pro-poor and market-driven business linkages.

VIET NAM: Reducing costs and risks of doing business through business registration reforms An innovative and user-friendly National Business Registration System (NBRS) made its full nationwide debut in April 2013 after four years of UNIDOsupported development and the introduction of e-signatures, e-payment, online registration and online information service facilities to reduce the costs and risks of doing business in Viet Nam. Before the USD 12.6 million project co-funded by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of Switzerland (SECO), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), UNIDO and One UN gained traction at the end of 2008, business registration red tape held back businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprise in the Vietnamese economy. Cumbersome procedures – such as the need to visit multiple offices for receiving business and tax codes, obtaining permission for registering and actually registering company seals – cost firms much time and money. These burdens on firms also eroded State tax revenues and pushed some firms into the informal sector.

UNIDO assisted the introduction of the business registration reforms at the policy formulation to implementation levels, helping to revise legal frameworks and regulations and build institutional and human capacities to offer more client-friendly services. The new streamlined system (www. is the product of the first-ever collaboration between the ministries of Planning and Investment, Finance and Public Security and closely engaged business registration offices (BROs) and tax offices in each of Viet Nam’s 63 provinces. The reforms had an immediate impact, with the elimination of seal engraving permits. From 2010 onwards, all provincial BROs use the same computerized workflows when registering a new business or amending existing enterprise records, with cost effective online services reducing the time it takes to register a firm from 15 days in 2008 to just 3 days. Since 2010, over 80,000 newly registering enterprises every year save more than USD 4 million annually.

Businesses, the public and authorities can now discover legally valid information online about any of the 850,000 registered firms (as of December 2013) and download the financial statements of shareholding companies to accurately assess potential business partners. While access to firm information reduces the risks of doing business, the National Business Registration System also has policy-making benefits, as the Government regularly receives real-time data on sector-specific market entry and exit of enterprises. In 2014, UNIDO’s continued support with additional SECO funding started the expansion of the NBRS to other types of business entities: foreign invested enterprises, financial institutions, scientific, educational, and technological institutions and others doing business in Viet Nam. This will improve the NBRS’ database, services and visibility in line with the upcoming amendment to the Enterprise Law. For more information, contact:

> Newly registered enterprises save more than USD 4 million a year as a result of simplified registration procedures



> 90 suppliers upgraded and 800 farmers assisted, with 90 per cent entering into METRO’s supply chain > 45 per cent improvement in compliance with basic food safety standards Regional flagship initiative

UNIDO and the METRO Group: Improving livelihoods and sustainable food supplies through inclusive value chains In 2009, UNIDO and the METRO Group, one of the world’s largest retailers, joined forces in a strategic alliance for safe and sustainable food supplies. Through the first full-scale application of the Global Markets Protocol, established by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), a joint capacity-building programme was developed and successfully implemented, enabling clusters of suppliers to meet METRO and GFSI market requirements in terms of food safety and quality. UNIDO first carried out an initial pilot project in Egypt (20092010), in cooperation with the Egyptian Traceability Center for Agro-Industrial Exports/Agriculture and Agro-Industries Technology Centre (ETRACE/ATC) in Egypt and METRO (locally branded as MAKRO), to test the GFSI Global Markets Protocol and to upgrade clusters of local suppliers in Egypt, where the METRO Group was opening two new stores. The local processors received intensive training and mentoring in aspects related to food safety management systems, good manufacturing practices and control of food hazards to ensure compliance with the GFSI Protocol. In less than five months, the suppliers passed the Basic Level and Intermediate Level requirements of the Global Markets Protocol and were considered suitable to become METRO suppliers.

Due to the success of the pilot project in Egypt, which garnered significant results for both the METRO Group and the upgraded suppliers, the project was expanded to cover 90 suppliers. In parallel, a project which focuses on the primary production of 800 farmers was implemented jointly by UNIDO and ETRACE/ATC. In addition, similar pilots were implemented in India and the Russian Federation in 2011. The partners also expanded the scope of their cooperation to cover the non-food sector and include environmental and social aspects in subsequent capacity-building programmes. Based on the success of the partnership model with the METRO Group, UNIDO has developed a global Sustainable Supplier Development Programme (SSDP), which aims at enabling clusters of suppliers in developing countries to gain access to profitable new market opportunities and establish long-lasting business linkages with potential buyers. Working in partnership with UNIDO, the METRO Group has been able to share knowledge and know-how, and to benefit from UNIDO’s knowledge of the local industry and of the GFSI Global Markets Protocol as UNIDO participated actively in its development. Furthermore, UNIDO has also been able to leverage


the resources of its local facilities and of the expertise created in Egypt through ETRACE/ATC, to ensure the effective localization and long-term sustainability of the programme. By upgrading the supply capacity of local producers together with a global retail company like the METRO Group, UNIDO has ensured that clusters of local suppliers have established sustainable business linkages with potential buyers and have gained access to national and, at a later stage, international markets. The suppliers upgraded through the capacity- building programme have demonstrated a considerable improvement in their performance and compliance with food safety standards. As a result, the quality and volume of marketable products has improved. At the same time, consumers benefit from better and safer products and can expect more stable food prices as a result of a larger range of products. For more information, contact:

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SLOVENIA-Russian Federation: Cluster-to-cluster cooperation and supplier development The industry in the Samara region of the Russian Federation is still characterized by a lack of specialized staff to improve quality and productivity, underdeveloped scientific and technological infrastructure to develop new products, and a scarcity of strategic partnerships with universities and research institutions. The ongoing UNIDO project aims at strengthening automotive component suppliers, optimizing the local supply chain, providing the region with industry-specific and institutional development concepts, and creating access to international markets, in particular within the European Union. Local experts were trained and a number of initiatives were implemented, such as the formation of the Association of Automotive Suppliers in the Samara

region, the establishment of an internship scheme, the initiation of technical support between local component manufacturers and support institutions, and the facilitation of direct contact and technical exchange between Slovenian and Russian component manufacturers and their counterparts. When provided with the necessary training, access to technical support and relevant institutional and business partnerships, the Samara automotive component manufacturers have the potential to be strong catalysts for change and to actively contribute to skills and technology development, income generation and employment opportunities and to secure the overall competitive advantage of the region. The main challenge

remains to set up a sustainable development mechanism that will continue to support networking between institutions, firms and, most importantly, between suppliers and car manufacturers. To further strengthen and maintain the competitiveness of Samara automotive component manufacturers and the supplier network, and attain the strategic goals of the whole Samara automotive supplier network, further improvements in advanced methods of productivity enhancement and quality management, new product development, CAD/CAM techniques, tool and die development, green technologies and products and efficient use of resources will be required. For more information, contact:

> Establishment of the Association of Automotive Suppliers of Samara for cluster twinning > Increased productivity of 33 local component manufacturers: 20 to 45 per cent reduction in changeover time, 10 per cent reduction in the lead time, 15 per cent reduction in downtime



PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY: Safe and effective medicines produced in developing countries Many deaths could be prevented if safe and effective medicines were readily available to treat patients, especially in Africa. The pharmaceutical sector is an essential sector, as its products play a major role in providing effective health care for the population. Many countries therefore see a need to enhance the capabilities of this industry locally and increase its competitiveness. The pharmaceutical sector, for example, is a priority sector in the Accelerated Industrial Development Agenda for Africa that has the objective to lift Africans out of poverty. UNIDO’s assistance is at the interface between industrial development and public health. The Organization recognizes that these two agendas are mutually reinforcing and that industry is very complex and requires a number of different dimensions to be addressed in a coordinated fashion for sustainable progress to be achieved. UNIDO has

therefore been assisting Ghana, Kenya and Viet Nam in the formulation of multi-stakeholder strategies to develop the local pharmaceutical industries. It is also developing solutions that support and substantiate the implementation of such strategies. In 2011, the Commissioner for Social Affairs of the African Union Commission invited UNIDO to form a partnership to accelerate the implementation of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa (PMPA) – an initiative endorsed by the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) during the 2007 summit in Accra. Through its cooperation with the African Union Commission on the business plan for the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa, UNIDO has demonstrated that it is a thought trendsetter in the realm of local pharmaceutical production. Furthermore, through

its recommendations and follow-up activities, it has displayed a willingness to work with partner organizations that have complementary skills and mandates both within the UN system and beyond. The need to work in partnership with other organizations is central to UNIDO’s approach. These partnerships reflect the complexity of the pharmaceutical industry and the necessity of addressing matters that transcend mandates in a coordinated manner for high quality essential medicines to be produced and for the industry to be sustainable. To that end UNIDO is working closely with the World Health Organization, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/ AIDS (UNAIDS) and the African Union Commission to implement the AU’s PMPA Business Plan. For more information, contact:

> 70 people from 8 African countries have been trained in industrial pharmacy > UNIDO has supported the formation and development of private sector trade associations such as the Federation of African Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associations (FAPMA)


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West Africa: Restructuring and upgrading programme Faced with the challenges and promising opportunities of an accelerated trade liberalization process, the West Africa Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) requested UNIDO’s assistance in developing an industrial upgrading and modernization programme to contribute to the implementation of the UEMOA Industrial Common Policy, with a view to improving the competitiveness of the Union’s productive sector. Characterized by a lack of capacity to compete and produce exportable goods that meet international quality and safety requirements, West African countries had to address a number of existing barriers in order to unleash their industrial potential and stop the continuous process of disinvestment in productive capacities and employment. These barriers include inefficient production techniques, limited infrastructure and the lack of financial schemes, among others. To address these challenges, the pilot phase of the programme promoted the inclusive and sustainable economic

development and regional integration within UEMOA countries through strengthening institutional capacities, assisting in the establishment, restructuring and upgrading of financial schemes, building capacities of support institutions and upgrading and modernizing about 100 agroindustrial enterprises. Overall, industrial upgrading presented the opportunity to make UEMOA fit for the global market and benefit the private sector while ensuring its partnership as key players in the implementation of the programme. With the support of UEMOA and the French Agency for Development, the EUR 11 million programme established a sustainable regulatory and institutional environment in all eight countries, training more than 500 national staff and consultants, out of which around 400 were involved in implementing numerous activities with international experts. The programme conducted a number of priority sector/value chain positioning studies in addition to a feasibility study of restructuring

and upgrading funds. Moreover, the programme performed diagnostic studies for 116 enterprises and provided technical assistance to 99 of them in the fields of management and production, and delivered 270 technical assistance activities to 90 enterprises. In return for the initial assistance, the companies have made a commitment to invest more than EUR 21 million in technology and new equipment. Based on the successes in the pilot phase, UEMOA requested UNIDO to develop a second phase with a budget of EUR 13 million. The new phase aims, among others, to create technical centres and local capacities to support 880 SMEs in the areas of quality, human resources, cost-accounting, marketing, product development, production operations, management and market access. For more information, contact:

> The EUR 11 million programme established a sustainable regulatory and institutional environment in all eight countries, training more than 500 national staff and consultants




CHINA: Food quality, safety and testing capacity-building Fujian Province is a critical foodexporting province in China. Strengthening Fujian Province’s food export capabilities by building up the institutional capacities of the Department of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation in Food Safety Management Systems (ISO 2000) and Traceability in the Feed and Food Chain (ISO 22005) for small and medium-sized enterprises to comply with international quality and food safety standards was of paramount importance to increasing food exports in the province. With that aim, UNIDO trained 40 lead auditors on ISO 22000 from Fuzhou and Quanzhou and promoted the food safety management system among over 400

senior staff in 225 food enterprises, thus contributing to the development of a food quality culture within Fujian Province. As a demonstration of the strengthened capacity of the Fujian Province, the auditors and consultants trained within the programme audited and prepared ten enterprises looking to get the ISO 22000 certification. All ten of them were certified for ISO 22000, enabling them to gain a better image both in the domestic and export markets. Since then, many Chinese companies have come forward to obtain certification on ISO 22000 and increase their competitiveness. UNIDO has also raised

the awareness of the 200 Chinese industries on the Traceability in the Feed and Food Chain (ISO 22005) in Fujian Province. As food safety is a key priority of the Government of China, the Provincial Government for Dali and UNIDO jointly established the UNIDOChina Food Quality, Safety and Testing Training Facility in Dali for training on food safety. This training facility has trained 41 international participants from 14 nations across Asia and Africa and 50 national participants from 9 provinces in China. For more information, contact:

> Ten enterprises obtained the ISO 22000 certification. Over 200 Chinese industries are now aware of the standards on Traceability in the Feed and Food chain (ISO 22005) > Representatives of 14 countries in Asia and Africa have been trained on food quality and safety standards


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ZAMBIA: Joint UNIDO-WTO trade capacity-building programme framework

Through this project the Zambian Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry (MCTI) is being assisted in reviewing the overall organizational framework relating to standards, accreditation, inspection, testing and certification, i.e. the National Quality

Infrastructure (NQI), including the related legislation. In addition, the project is supporting the upgrading of facilities of the NQI institutions such as the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) and the Zambia Weights and Measures Agency (ZWMA) under MCTI as well as national testing laboratories to improve especially the food sector’s ability to prove conformity and hence facilitate exports. Thirdly, the project will endeavour to strengthen the ability of enterprises in selected sectors to comply with international quality requirements, creating a demand pull factor for the upgraded compliance infrastructure that deals with technical barriers to trade (TBT) and sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures (SPS).

The project will enhance the export performance of Zambia by strengthening the national legislative framework related to standards and metrology. At the same time, the establishment of a credible conformity assessment infrastructure will foster Zambia’s integration into the multilateral trading system. For more information, contact:

> Strengthening Zambia’s national legislative framework standards, technical regulations,metrology, testing and quality


Zambia’s industry falls short of realizing its full export potential in global markets. A fundamental reason for this is that its national quality infrastructure and its technical regulation regime are not harmonized with those of its trading partners. Zambia needs to upgrade both. In particular, and of most immediate concern, it needs to formulate a national quality policy that can be integrated with a strengthened technical regulation regime.



BURUNDI: Two-pronged approach to improve the quality of coffee The increased emphasis in global trade on compliance with sanitary and phyto-sanitary (SPS) measures has led to greatly improved food safety and hygiene; however, for least developed countries like Burundi, this also makes breaking into and maintaining a presence in world markets much more difficult. With agriculture generating around 90 per cent of employment in Burundi and most of the sector’s revenue coming from coffee, fruit and vegetables, a few well-targeted improvements in quality and safety standards can result in large and sustainable increases in income for the poorest sections of the population. With funding from the Enhanced Integrated Framework and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), UNIDO is working with the Burundi Bureau of Standards (known by its French abbreviation of BBN) on a twopronged approach to improve the quality of coffee. The first component of the project supports improvements in the existing national quality infrastructure for standardization, inspection and testing.

The second component brings both national and international experts to work with professional associations to offer improved technical services and training for coffee growers. To overcome sharp fluctuations from year to year in the quality of coffee beans, small producers and cooperatives are trained in quality improvement. The next value chain link is the washing station where equipment such as drying tables and humidity meters are provided to ensure a more even selection and classification of beans. The quality and safety of the water used for washing beans has also been improved. Once beans are processed, they are transported in protective conditions, as the project promotes the use of containers for transporting unpacked green coffee beans. Furthermore, and since technical regulations on the production and marketing of coffee in Burundi are inadequate, UNIDO’s assistance now focuses on improving BBN interventions through capacitybuilding and the upgrading of existing infrastructure and equipment.

Moreover, quality standards for green coffee are to be defined in conformity with ISO standards and BBN will help producers’ cooperatives and associations to establish a quality management structure. Accreditation will be sought for the quality-control laboratories of the Regulatory Authority for the Coffee Sector in Burundi (known as ARFIC), which ensures conformity to ISO standards on food safety and coffee quality. Moving even further up the value chain, the Federal Chamber of Trade and Industry will be supported to improve marketing techniques while steps are being taken to form export consortia in the coffee sector. With firm backing from this project, Burundi’s coffee producers can now look forward to gaining international certification of their product, bringing increased revenue for them and a wider choice for the world’s ever more discerning coffee drinkers. For more information, contact:

> Development, adoption and dissemination of quality and SPS standards for the targeted export products > Testing laboratories for key products upgraded



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AFRIMETS: Building productive capacities through metrology Many African countries have long been at a disadvantage in accessing international markets for manufactured goods due to their lack of accredited metrology infrastructures and, in particular, of skilled metrologists. Without a national metrology infrastructure, it is impossible to manufacture to internationally accepted specifications. Recognizing how crucial this is to the development of manufacturing industries in Africa, UNIDO, in cooperation with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), has set up a project to strengthen the capacity of the Intra-Africa Metrology System (AFRIMETS). AFRIMETS seeks to synergize the measurement activities of the different

economic groupings in Africa and thereby facilitate intra-African and international trade. At present, more than 90 per cent of the countries in Africa belong to AFRIMETS, which means it plays a crucial role in bringing African measurement and calibration capacities up to a level where they can gain global recognition. One of the first initiatives requested from the UNIDO project to strengthen AFRIMETS was to provide a snapshot of the current status of scientific, industrial and legal metrology in Africa. This would allow the gaps in the measurement standards and legal metrology structures in the region to be identified and analyzed, and recommendations proposed for the development of a continental metrology infrastructure and a sustainable model for an AFRIMETS Secretariat.

This snapshot of the status of metrology in Africa indicates that the way forward is by improving the capacity of national metrology institutes to provide traceability and to support accredited testing facilities. This process should be overseen by a sub-regional metrology infrastructure to harmonize legal metrology issues and organize and manage benchmarking exercises. This project is also providing AFRIMETS with a pool of lead auditors for the laboratory assessment activities of both national and regional laboratories and is setting up a Pan-African metrology training school to provide theoretical, practical and industrial training to young metrologists. For more information, contact:

> For Africa, the way forward is to improve the capacity of national metrology institutes to provide traceability and to support accredited testing facilities




Quality and compliance infrastructure A key reason why developing countries have been unable to benefit from the global trading system is their lack of productive industrial capacities. Every country needs to be able to produce tradable goods that are competitive in design, quality and price. Developing such capacities and linking them to global production or supply chains is, however, an ambitious endeavour. The ability of developing countries to exploit trade opportunities and to access markets is often challenged by inadequate capacities to comply with market requirements and the lack of internationally accepted local proof. In order to overcome these challenges, UNIDO builds capacity to ensure informed and timely trade-related policy making and focuses on strengthening the regional and national quality infrastructure. UNIDO’s programmes for economic competitiveness help countries enhance their capacity in the productive sectors and ensure that suppliers produce goods that meet requirements set by foreign buyers and markets, through raising awareness and promoting food safety as well as consumer, environmental, social and health protection. UNIDO helps developing countries and economies in transition to overcome trade-related challenges and to comply with international standards. Product traceability to ensure food safety through information on the source of produce is just one example of the global standards with which exporters need to comply in order to enter foreign markets. UNIDO supports developing countries in building up their compliance infrastructure and enhancing standardization, quality, accreditation, metrology and conformity assessment services. Through assistance in related capacity-building, awareness raising and the dissemination of the necessary know-how and information UNIDO facilitates the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in global value chains.


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BANGLADESH: Farm to fork traceability to facilitate seafood exports In the globalized supply chain, fishery products are often sourced in one country, processed in another and marketed in a third. Fish exports, however, go to demanding highvalue markets where they are strictly scrutinized. Considering the everincreasing global “food scares”, food safety is critical. In exporting to the EU, an efficient traceability system that will pinpoint exactly where any food contamination may have arisen is essential. The EU “farm to fork” legislation has become a market access requirement, particularly in the fish and shrimp industries. Traceability consists of tracking and tracing: tracking monitors a product and all its inputs along the entire supply chain, while tracing means a product can be traced from any point in the supply chain back to its origin. Shrimp exporters in Bangladesh are particularly challenged in setting up such a system: they buy raw shrimp from a large number of very small suppliers and

through a complex set of intermediaries. Establishing effective traceability poses a significant challenge for the second largest industry in the country that supports the livelihoods of of over 600,000 people. UNIDO, in cooperation with the EU, are developing Bangladesh’s capacity to set up a traceability system that will reassure buyers and ensure the industry’s continuing access to key export markets. In cooperation with the International Trade Centre, the project has introduced its ‘Better Work and Standards Programme (BEST) – Better Fisheries Quality (BFQ)’ initiative. The introduction of the reliable product traceability certification “farm to fork”, coupled with improvements in testing, inspection and hygienic practices, ensures continued international market access for the Bangladesh seafood industry. It also assures food quality and safety for both export and local consumers.

community: while consumers from developed and developing countries can be assured of safe shrimp exports from Bangladesh, the fish farmers improved their living conditions and reduced inefficiencies in the supply chain. The programme clearly followed a NorthSouth and South-South cooperation logic, with different public and private institutional partnerships. A follow-up programme is planned to further support the creation of an environmentally sustainable and economically sound shrimp fishing sector in Bangladesh. The EUR 13.5 million project has introduced a complete traceability system, initially with a pilot scheme that will be followed by industry-wide implementation, that will also enhance the country’s fisheries inspection capacity (a prerequisite to access the EU market). For more information, contact:

The improvements created shared prosperity within the participating

> 30 testing and calibration laboratories accredited capacity enhanced > Several hundred officers and farmers trained in Good aquaculture practices (GAP) and Hazard analysis critical control points (HACCP)


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Building and training human resources to cope with the growing need for product compliance As producers further integrate into global markets, they must comply with an ever-expanding range of standards. To help them, UNIDO has built up its Standards, Metrology, Testing and Quality (SMTQ) training services to support national quality infrastructure institutions and provide continuous training and human resources upgrading. One such institution is the UNIDO-VIMTA South-South Training Facility for Testing Laboratories (UVSSTF) in Hyderabad, India. VIMTA Labs Limited is India’s leading contract research and testing organization. It organizes training courses for young professionals from testing laboratories on a wide range of essential skills, including analysis of contaminants, residues and adulteration, quality assurance, control measures, standards compliance, accreditation and laboratory management. In the Republic of Korea, UNIDO has partnered with the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS) to organize training programmes for the technical staff of national metrology institutions and their calibration

laboratories. The programme was designed to upgrade theoretical knowledge and technical capacities in laboratory accreditation and laboratory management knowledge. Another example is the UNIDO-China Food Quality, Safety, and Testing Training Facility in Dali, which focuses on improving food safety and quality for China and ASEAN countries, with a focus on milk and milk product quality. The facility is recognized as a regional knowledge centre and a key milktesting centre. With technological advances in manufacturing and in food processing announced almost daily, international product standards , including private standards, need constant revision and expansion. This means that national quality infrastructure institutions in developing countries must strive to constantly upgrade their human resource skills, which points to a growing need for UNIDO’s SMTQ training partnerships. For more information, contact:


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UNIDO and the Global Food Safety Initiative assure safe food along the supply chain

To address the concerns of multinational food retailers, who were experiencing difficulties in the supply of safe food in emerging markets, the GFSI established a Working Group on a Global Markets Capacity-building Programme to develop effective food safety management systems through a systematic continuous improvement process.

The group initially focused on processed food products, using a local sourcing, local selling model and through training and mentoring food safety managers together with customized factory assessments. UNIDO has drawn on this experience to provide reliable advice on training and capacity-building. A particular example involved collaboration between UNIDO and the METRO global retail chain. In Egypt, they have worked together on a pilot scheme, developing training and mentoring programmes. The results from this cooperation were shared with the Working Group and used to finalize and launch the Global Markets Capacity-building Programme. For more information, contact:


The significant expansion of world trade and the establishment of extensive global supply chains have improved consumers’ access to food products but also raised many questions regarding the safety of those products. UNIDO is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), which is managed by the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a global industry network comprising CEOs and senior managers. It seeks to promote continuous improvement in food safety management systems throughout the world.


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